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Cindy Forbes

Cindy Forbes

Executive Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer, Manulife

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Catherine Bishop

Catherine Bishop

Head of Insurance Strategy and Data, RBC Insurance

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Michael Shostak

Michael Shostak

SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Economical Insurance

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Paul MacDonald

Paul MacDonald

SVP and Chief Claims Officer, RSA

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Paul was appointed Chief Claims Officer and SVP, Claims in October 2015 with the responsibility of leading, directing, and overseeing Claims operations across Canada. He previously held a number of senior positions within the insurance industry and led large-scale projects in business transformation and integration, product and distribution strategy, and client segmentation. Prior to joining RSA Canada, Paul was Vice President, Operations at SGI, where he led the Canadian operations including Regional Claims, Underwriting, Broker Services, Business Development, Billing and Operational Improvement. He was also Vice President, Insurance Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Senior Vice President and National Director at Aon Reed Stenhouse, the Canadian insurance brokerage arm of Aon plc. Paul holds a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees and is currently a member of the Global Risk Management Institute and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. He obtained the Six Sigma Black Belt certificate and completed the Schulich Executive Program at York University. Paul also holds a Canadian Risk Management Diploma from the University of Toronto.

Arnab Kundu

Arnab Kundu

Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Great West Life

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Fred Tavan

Fred Tavan

Senior Vice President, Data Analytics Centre of Excellence, Sun Life Financial

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Laila Brabander

Laila Brabander

SVP, Head of Claims, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada

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Christina Hoy

Christina Hoy

VP Corporate Business Information & Analytics Division, WSIB

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Zack Fuerstenberg

Zack Fuerstenberg

Vice President, Creditor Products & Operations, ScotiaLife Financial

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Zack Fuerstenberg is Vice President, Creditor Products & Operations, and is responsible for developing Scotiabank’s domestic creditor insurance products and operating strategies.

Zack joined Scotiabank in September of 2015, and brings 20 years of experience in the product development, marketing, and innovation of financial services, particularly in insurance, digital banking, ecommerce, and emerging payments. Zack has launched a variety of retail financial products and online services at a number of banks, payment processors and insurers, and has filed over a dozen patents, including co-inventing the IP behind Interac’s e-Transfer and online debit systems.

Zack holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations from York University, a Master of Science in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and an Executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Charles Dugas

Charles Dugas

AVP - Analytics, Aviva Canada

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Dennis Nilsson

Dennis Nilsson

Assistant Vice President, Head of Advanced Analytics, Insurance, TD Insurance

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Jennifer Baziuk

Jennifer Baziuk

AVP Data Management and Governance, TD Insurance

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Eugene Wen

Eugene Wen

Vice President, Group Advanced Analytics, Manulife

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Ivana Porterfield

Ivana Porterfield

AVP, Claims Operations, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada

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Tim Attia

Tim Attia

Chief Executive Officer, Slice Labs

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Sam Natur

Sam Natur

Chief Executive Officer, Bullfrog Insurance

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Alan Wunsche

Alan Wunsche

Chair & Co-Founder, Blockchain Canada

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Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan

Senior Analyst, Insurance Bureau of Canada

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Greg McCutcheon

Greg McCutcheon

President, Opta Information Intelligence

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Greg serves as President of Opta Information Intelligence (Opta), championing the company’s drive to remain cutting edge and maintain its position as the benchmark for technology-based underwriting solutions. With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, including seven years as President of SCM Risk Management Services, Greg is an executive leader holding extensive knowledge of all aspects of insurance underwriting workflow and data underwriting information processing. Combined with his focus on communications and customer relationships, Greg is uniquely positioned to lead Opta in envisioning underwriting services and solutions that drive efficiency and enhance the accuracy of the underwriting process.

Having provided insurance information services to the Canadian Property Industry since 1997, Greg prides himself on being a solutions sales person who excels at communicating with his clients, accurately assessing their needs, and leading his team to come up with solutions that work. Greg sincerely cares about Opta’s customers and their businesses, and delights in offering tailored services that provide them a high return on investment. Greg is a CRM and holds Bachelor of Honours degree in History and Politics from Queens University.

Mark Persaud

Mark Persaud

Advanced Analytics and Cognitive Computing, IBM Canada

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Stephen Applebaum

Stephen Applebaum

Principal, Insurance Solutions Group

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